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Title: Èdo Personal Names and World View
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Author: Ota Ogie
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Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Edo
Abstract: This study examines Èdó personal names as they manifest in the culture, and relates them either directly or by extended interpretation to the World – view of both the/L/ancient and the contemporary Èdó psyche. The argument is that these names are used to affirm certain aspects of Èdó culture./L/Our study reveals that there are common onomastic factors which underlie the naming of children in the Èdó society. The first section of the paper gives the/L/introductory background of the Èdó people, as well as, the background to the Èdó naming ceremony./L/The second section is the main body of the paper. It deals with the sociocultural significance of Èdó names. In this section, names are classified and discussed according to the socio-cultural beliefs such names reveal. Also, in order to reveal the meanings of the names examined, each name is broken into its constituent morphological parts./L/The last section is the conclusion to our study. The main thesis of this study is that deductions can be made as to the nature of the socio-cultural patterns in a society based on examination of the meanings embodied in the naming system of that society.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Edo personal names and world view. New Perspectives in Edoid studies: Essays in honour of Ronald Peter Schaefer. 2002:108-126. CASAS bookseries no.20. Cape Town RSA. Also in

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